Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Filmed Apartment: Biopolitics of Domesticity in Modern Athens

The postwar development of Athens was an important step in the modernization of Greece. The economic boom, the emergence of a new middle class, and the urbanization process, took place in a very short period. Contrary to what has happened in most European countries, urbanization in Greece was not based on top- down urban planning, but on the ad-hoc repetition of a single building type: the polykatoikia (i.e. apartment building). The polykatoikia had a significant contribution in the urban and economic development of the country. Moreover, it had a dominant role in the formation of modern subjectivity in Greece. The workshop focuses on the development of Greek modernism through the architecture of middle class housing and the representations of urban dwelling in cinema. The analysis of architectural design takes into consideration the layout of the typical apartment, and the way that the repetition of a single building type has produced the city. The film analysis takes place in three ways: First, as a cinematic archaeology that renders visible social and urban transformations of the past; second, through the understanding of the methods that cinema has promoted, or put into question, specific lifestyles and ideologies; and finally, through film form and the analysis of its cultural significance.

Workshop by Panos Dragonas
University of Patras Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Hellenic Studies
Respondent: M. Christine Boyer, Architecture
Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies-Princeton University
Friday, November 18, 2016 1:30 p.m